noun, often attributive
out·​pa·​tient | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce outpatient (audio) \

Definition of outpatient

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

Examples of outpatient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last year, about 1,000 people in the program got in-patient treatment and around 30,400 got outpatient treatment, according to program statistics. David B. Caruso, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2021 The mother of two attends outpatient treatment and receives methadone as part of her continuing path to a a better life. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 31 Aug. 2021 Nearly all outpatient mental health treatment moved online when the pandemic struck last year. Andrea Petersen, WSJ, 7 Aug. 2021 The nonprofit social services organization plans to move a children’s outpatient clinic and early intervention home visitation program to the 32,000 square-foot space, located at 450 Church St. Isabella Chan, courant.com, 13 Aug. 2021 In New York, the number of monthly Medicaid outpatient clinic claims increased 22% from February to December 2020, as reported by OMH. Dr. Adjoa Smalls-mantey, ABC News, 30 June 2021 The clinic evolved out of Full Spectrum Health, an outpatient clinic serving the LGBTQ+ community that Wiese opened in 2017, which was for-profit. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Apr. 2021 The group was founded in 1966 as the Chandler Christian Community Center, an outpatient health clinic. Ivana Venema-nunez, The Arizona Republic, 21 Mar. 2021 The outpatient clinic provided infusions of the treatment for those with mild to moderate COVID-19 cases. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of outpatient

1715, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outpatient was in 1715

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“Outpatient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outpatient. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outpatient

: a person who goes to a doctor's office or hospital for treatment but who does not spend the night there


out·​pa·​tient | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce outpatient (audio) \

Medical Definition of outpatient

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient


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